Welcome to the home page of TAMOC (the Theoretical Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics Community).

TAMOC also maintains a page in LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/8179030

TAMOC is a forum for communication among AMO theorists and with the AMO community at large within and beyond the American Physical Society’s Division of Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics (DAMOP).

Current co-Chairs (2016-2018) are Robert Forrey (Penn State, rcf6@psu.edu) and N. Balakrishnan (UNLV, naduvala@unlv.nevada.edu). Immediate past co-Chairs are Andrei Derevianko (U. Nevada, andrei@unr.edu ) and Michael Crescimanno (Youngstown State U., mcrescim@cc.ysu.edu). Terms begin at the close of the meeting when elected (first consecutive meeting) and end at the close of the third consecutive meeting (adopted at TAMOC 2010, Houston, the co-chairs+past-chairs administrative structure adopted at DAMOP TAMOC meeting 2012).


September 15, 2016:  The TAMOC community is saddened by the passing of Deborah Jin. To read about her pioneering research
or to share your remembrances or thoughts, please go to  https://jila.colorado.edu/news/deborah-jin-dies-47

June 30, 2016:  Message from Barry Schneider:  The Information Technology Laboratory has established two, new NIST funded postdoctoral  positions.  These are in addition to the NRC postdoctoral positions and program that NIST has traditionally participated in.  As with the NRC programs, only US citizens are eligible but as this is limited to our laboratory and under our control, the chances of being selected is far greater.  The program is going to begin this August and continue into the indefinite future.  It will be a biannual call, August and January, in order to coincide with the NRC call.  The salary and benefits will align with the NRC program and are therefore quite good by most standards.  I would like to encourage those of you with really qualified graduate students to have them think about applying to the program.  While there is a variety of research topics going on within the Applied and Computational Mathematics Division, I am particularly interested in applicants with experience in scattering theory, interaction of radiation with matter and quantum chemistry.  All postdocs are encouraged to develop there own ideas and there is considerable freedom in what specific research problems they can pursue.  In addition, it has been traditional that NIST has made many permanent appointments from their postdoctoral pool. 

Please contact Barry Schneider  at bis@nist.gov for more details.

May 5, 2016, Schedule set for this year's TAMOC meeting at DAMOP: it'll be TUESDAY, MAY 24, 8-9pm, in room 555AB at DAMOP. See you all there!!! (Hit the "2016 News" button in the left pane to learn more).

Jan. 6, 2016, This year's New Year's greeting and meeting announcement on the 'Community" pages.

Dec. 7, 2014, new job postings under the "careers" link of this website...check it out and bring the link to the attention of potential applicants!

June 26, 2014, Ann Orel, NSF TAMOP program manager, has provided the information on a change in how proposals are submitted to NSF/PHY. This change affects proposals the up-coming funding cycle. The information is given in the links below. Two important changes that must be emphasized:

1)       From now on there is a DEADLINE! Not a target date. That means no late proposals.
There is additional information required if you have other grants/sources of support.
The division-wide solicitation is 14-576.  Here is the link to the summary (also given under "Funding Opportunities" on the PHY web page): http://www.acpt.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505058&org=PHY&from=home This page in turn provides the link to the solicitation itself.

 The solicitation for a Theory Institute in Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics is: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2014/nsf14570/nsf14570.htm

Additionally, please find here Ann Orel's presentation at the TAMOC Business Meeting at DAMOP in Madison, WI, June 2nd, 2014.

February 28, 2014: Two openings for a Ph.D position in the Coherence and Quantum Technology group at Eindhoven University of Technology. The openings concern both a theoretical and an experimental position on ultracold Rydberg atoms in lattices.

For further information about the positions please contact Servaas Kokkelmans (s.kokkelmans@tue.nl) or Edgar Vredenbregt (e.j.d.vredenbregt@tue.nl).

November 4, 2013: NIST, JILA and the Department of Physics  at the University of Colorado  at Boulder invite applications for Postdoctoral Research Associates with expertise in the fields of theoretical atomic, molecular, and optical physics (AMO), condensed matter physics (CM), quantum information, and/or quantum optics. The selected candidates will closely interact with Kaden Hazzard,  Ana Maria Rey, and Murray Holland, and will have the opportunity to collaborate with condensed matter theorists Michael Hermele, Victor Gurarie, and Leo Radzihovsky, as well as with other active experimental and theoretical groups at NIST, JILA and the Physics department. Those interested in applying should download and complete the application form available at http://jila.colorado.edu/content/postdoctoral-research-associatesand send it (along with the requested supporting materials) to the Visiting Scientists Program Assistant. Initially, an unofficial copy of your graduate record is adequate. Three letters of recommendation are required. Please use the name, Murray Holland, in answering item 12. Additional information can be found at http://jila.colorado.edu/arey, and http://jila.colorado.edu/~kaha1718.
 DEADLINE: Applications will begin to be reviewed on Dec 1, 2013. Applications submitted after December 1 will be considered until the position is filled. STARTING DATE: Any time after Jan 1 2014 but not later than Aug 1, 2014.

September 30, 2013: On behalf of the Theoretical Atomic, Molecular, and Optical (AMO) Physics Community (TAMOC), we, Svetlana Malinovskaya and Christian Buth (cochairs), would like to extend our congratulations to Ana Maria Rey for receiving a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, http://jila.colorado.edu/arey/news/2013/ana-maria-rey-named-2013-macarthur-foundation-fellow. Such a "genius grant" represents an extraordinary distinction that is based on excellent previous accomplishments and almost guarantees fabulous future work. We are delighted that again a researcher from the field of AMO has been chosen for this fellowship and, on behalf of the TAMOC, we wish Ana Maria Rey fortune in your future research.

April 15, 2013: New book Schrödinger's Killer App — Race to Build the World's First Quantum Computer by Jonathan P. Dowling, to be published May 02, 2013 by Taylor & Francis – 453 pages, http://www.taylorandfrancis.com/books/details/9781439896730. Written by a renowned quantum physicist closely involved in the U.S. government’s development of quantum information science, Schrödinger’s Killer App: Race to Build the World’s First Quantum Computer presents an inside look at the government’s quest to build a quantum computer capable of solving complex mathematical problems and hacking the public-key encryption codes used to secure the Internet. The "killer application" refers to Shor’s quantum factoring algorithm, which would unveil the encrypted communications of the entire Internet if a quantum computer could be built to run the algorithm. Schrödinger’s notion of quantum entanglement—and his infamous cat—is at the heart of it all.

April 10, 2013: There will be session entitled “Theoretical atomic, molecular, and optical physics – current and future directions” at the 44th Annual DAMOP Meeting June 3–7, 2013 in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada http://www.aps.org/units/damop/meetings/annual.

April 10, 2013: With the end of March, two AMO-related theory workshops sponsored by the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics (KITP) came to a close. The first one, led by Tommaso Calarco, Ivan Deutsch, Gerard Milburn, and Birgitta Whaley, dealt with "Control of Complex Quantum Systems." The second was led by Lincoln Carr, Paul Julienne,  Roman Krems, and Susanne Yelin about "Fundamental Science and Applications of Ultra-cold Polar Molecules." The workshops were twelve and ten weeks long each and consisted of 20+ mostly theory participants at any given time plus a number of experimental visitors. While the most time was given to unscheduled discussions and other free working time, each workshop offered about five talks per week and one or two scheduled discussions. Because of the obvious overlap of the two topics, many of the talks and discussions were joint between the two workshops. In addition, each workshop featured a one-week long conference. Both programs organized themselves using wikis that are now (still) publicly accessible. Nearly all talks are recorded and both the recordings and the slides are accessible. The wiki addresses are http://qcontrol13.wikispaces.com/home and http://coldmoles13.wikispaces.com. (The links inside are self-explanatory.) Judging from feedback, both KITP permanent personnel and participants from both workshops were very satisfied with the programs. It would be great if we, the TAMOC community, could have many more of those very productive workshops. We would therefore urge everybody to submit proposals for future workshops - or even better to team up and either consolidate or try to take advantage of parallel interactive topics as in this case. (This information is provided by Susanne Yelin)

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Contact the co-Chairs of TAMOC: Bob Forrey (Penn State, rcf6@psu.edu) and N. Balakrishnan (UNLV, naduvala@unlv.nevada.edu)